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COUNCIL REVEALS DRAFT BLUEPRINT TO GUIDE DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY OF WEST CHESHIRE
• Provision for 5000 homes at the waterfront/Ellesmere Quay, of which 700 are anticipated to be complete by 2030
• Range and mix of housing at Ledsham Road, including the provision of a new primary school
The Council will maintain a portfolio of employment land and premises to meet the needs of a range of size and type of business needs.
Key sites for business and industrial development are:-
• Approximately 50 hectares of employment land at New Bridge Road
• Stanlow remains an important area for petrochemical and related industries. Further assessment on the future of this land will take place in preparation for the Local Plan (Part Two) Land Allocations and Detailed Policies Plan
Both sit within the Eastern Employment Zone and would be safeguarded for use in connection with recycling, recovery, and reprocessing of waste materials. Funding has been secured by the Council to make provision for transport and highway infrastructure improvements to help unlock development potential.
Land at Hooton Park has also been identified as an important sub-regional employment location is and is safeguarded for continued office, industrial and warehousing use.
Borough-wide the draft Local Plan advocates that 1,100 homes should be built each year to 2030 – a 15% drop on the target set by the Regional Spatial Strategy – and an additional 75 hectares of land set aside for employment development.
It is suggested that 5,200 new homes should be created in Chester over the plan period, 4,300 in Northwich; 3,500 in Winsford and 4,200 in rural areas.
Focus for new development of 4,200 homes in the rural areas will be within or directly adjoining the ten key services centres of Cuddington and Sandiway, Farndon, Kelsall, Malpas, Neston, (including Parkgate) and Tarvin, all 200 additional homes, Frodsham and Tattenhall, 250, and Helsby and Tarporley 300.
“These levels reflect the role and functions of the settlement as well as the constraints and should be treated as a maximum figure unless additional development is brought forward through a neighbourhood plan,” says Mr Owens.
And he stresses: “Development should be appropriate in scale and design to conserve each settlement’s character and setting.”
In the rural area ten hectares of additional land will be set aside for business and industrial development to enable small scale expansion of existing sites and creation of new sites on the edge of key service centres outside Green Belt locations.
Purpose of the Local Plan is to provide the overall vision, spatial strategy and strategic objectives and planning policies to guide the Borough’s development up to the year 2030.
CWAC’s first development document, it covers crucial issues ranging from housing, employment , environment and the Green Belt to the economy, transport, heritage , landscape and health and wellbeing.
Said Councillor Margaret Parker, Chairman of the LDF Panel: “When finally approved the plan will be the most important piece of planning guidance this authority will possess.
“There will be a legal requirement for decisions to be made in accordance with the Local Plan, except when there are very special reasons to overrule its policy requirements.”
The Panel’s recommendations will be considered by the August meeting of the Executive after which there will be an eight week period for public comments before the final proposals, together with public comments, are sent to an Independent Planning Inspector for consideration.